Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is talking to Florida Atlantic about becoming the Owls’ next head coach, according to FootballScoop’s Zach Barnett.
The Owls fired head coach Charlie Partridge on Nov. 27 after three straight 3-9 seasons. Tennessee assistant Larry Scott has also reportedly interviewed for the job.
Reports have also named Kiffin as a candidate for the head coaching position at South Florida. He was considered the early leader for that job. However, former Texas head coach Charlie Strong may now be the Bulls’ top choice.
Kiffin was a finalist for the head coaching vacancy at Houston, but the Cougars elected to hire offensive coordinator Major Applewhite instead. Alabama head coach Nick Saban reportedly campaigned for Kiffin to get the job. But some Houston decision-makers were reportedly reluctant to hire Kiffin because of in-state recruiting reasons.
Earlier reports indicated Kiffin’s next stop would probably be an offensive coordinator position at LSU or in the NFL. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has been targeting Kiffin since he took the job Nov. 26. Most reports indicate Kiffin is not likely to return to Alabama next season.
Kiffin was the head coach at Tennessee in 2009 and at USC from 2010-2013. He has a 35-21 overall record as a head coach in college. He has served Alabama’s offensive coordinator since 2014.